Transcript for Hair help for kids! Chicago's Styles 4 Kidz
next guest is an amazing Chicago mom herself who saw a need to serve the kids in her community and in response she created her nonprofit styles for kids, please welcome Tamekia Swint. Welcome, Tamekia. So good to be with you. Let's start out by explaining what is styles for kids? Styles for kids, our mission is to provide quality hair care services, training and support for family transracially adopting and fostering African-American kids. Yes. And transracial means you are a parent of one race and you're caring for a child of a different race. Okay. And we are creating a community of people O are celebrating and creating hairstyles that boost the self-esteem of kids and give them a good cultural experience. Yeah, and why is it so important to you? It's important because somebody's kid went to school today not feeling confident about how they looked because of their hair. And I think of one of the first moms that we helped, and when I showed up to her house, her daughter had a hoodie over her head. She was just embarrassed to go outside because of the appearance of her hair, and I said, you know, I have to do something, and so we've created a nonprofit salon where the kids can come get their hair done. Parents can come and get feedback. They can get training, support. Wow. And the beauty in that is that we're bridging the gap. We're creating an environment of support where African-American parents can connect with families in these communities and provide support. We can see some of the images right there. That is really amazing. And the gift of self-esteem is a priceless gift. Absolutely. It's so important for our kids to feel good about themselves. Now, what has the response been like in your community? Oh, they love us! And they have just -- As they should. Everyone has wrapped their arms around us. I think about one of the foster moms that shared a story with me about how she thought her daughter needed counseling, and what she came to see is that once she started getting her hair done, her confidence improved and even to the point where her grades in school and her performance increased. Wow. Yes. I wish you were here a few years ago because my daughters have the wildest curly-like fro-ish hair and I tried to put them in ponytails one time, and Isabella's didn't look even to me. So what did you do? So I did what daddies do, I got my scissors and I just -- Oh, no. All I can say. That's a big no-no. They recently sent me a picture of it just to get back at me, like, dad, look what you did. The hair grows back. But what tips do you have for parents like myself? Yes. What are some tips you can have for someone like myself who may be struggling with this and need some help? Absolutely. The biggest thing with afro texture hair that I see is there's not enough moisturizing taking place, so when you shampoo and condition the hair, it's very, very important that you're adding in hair moisturizer, even on a daily basis. That is the biggest issue that we see so please make sure you are moisturizing the hair every single day. Does it need to be a special product? Does it unique to the type of It needs to be a water-based product that is designed for afro textured hair for African-Americans. Can you wash it too much? Should you wash it every day? Yes, you should be washing no more than once a week or even every two weeks depending on the type and texture of the hair. Oh, wow. We can help with that. Should you be cutting ponytails to even them out? Absolutely not. Let me tell you -- Oh, don't butter up to me now, buttercup. Hurting my feelings. I did what I thought was best for my child. It's okay. It's okay. But in all seriousness, what you're doing really -- I see why the community loves you. We love you. We love Chicago.
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